Your Bag for an Emergency Evacuation or a Weekend Getaway
Which bag has you covered for emergencies?
I bought my Bugout Bag by Sandpiper of California years ago when I was in the US Army. It was the first thing I bought after Basic Combat Training. The first time I used it, I was sure it would outlast and outperform any rucksack the military would issue me.
Back then, I didn't know it was a bug out bag. I didn't even know what a bug out bag was. Simply put a bug out bag is a bag filled with things a person would need during an emergency situation such as a natural disaster. Unlike a survival bag, it's main purpose is to keep the few things a person needs to stay alive for the few days until he/she finds help.
The Bugout Bag by Sandpiper of California is perfect for the job. It is light, durable and spacious. But I use mine for travel. This bag has followed me all over America during my time in the service and every day since then as an expat in Japan.
I still reach for it every time I travel, whether for a few days in Tokyo or for a few weeks when visiting relatives back home. It's size and durability make it perfect for any trip.
You might have plenty of luggage already. You might have your favorite piece that you always use. Then you're fine. But do you have a bug out bag? Do you know what to grab when disaster strikes? I'm ashamed to say that I'm not as prepared I'd like to be. Living in Japan shows how important this is.
Packing like a pro - I am impressed but...
I chose this video to show how much a traveler can pack for a trip using a bag of similar size. Also, I like the music. I am impressed but there are a couple things this pro left out.
He didn't pack his shaving kit/toiletry bag. He'll have to put it in another bag. Also, he packed only one set of shoes and one set of sandals. That's fine for him but others might want more shoes to wear.
I don't pack nearly as much in my bag. I always leave plenty of space for souvenirs my friends and family will like.